In a report published today the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, urges people in their 50’s to 70’s to do some type of work or activity in order to stay fit and healthy. This could be paid employment where a person can, wishes or needs to, or alternatively it could be volunteer work. In the report called Fit for the Future she says : ”Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.” As well as combating potential isolation “good work” can help with cognitive wellbeing, self-esteem and physical health. Her advice adds weight to other research which shows how important it is to be socially engaged and mentally active in our later years. We can ‘retire’ from paid employment but should not ‘retire’ from activity and involvement with others if we wish to stay fit in every sense.
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